• The Hamline Summer Writing Workshop

    The Hamline Summer Writing Workshop

    Write. Learn. Experiment. Restore. Engage. Experience all of this and more at Hamline's intensive residential retreat set on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. At the annual Summer Writing Workshop, you will experience a deep immersion in the process and craft of writing with nationally known authors in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students choose to commute to class each day or can stay on St. Olaf's picturesque campus. Those who stay on campus can use the free time to write, read, hike, or socialize.

    Students will spend their afternoons in focused study of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Mornings are open to write, relax, or take advantage of the rich prairie, wetlands, and woodlands surrounding St. Olaf, or the lively charm of historic downtown Northfield.

    2014 Visiting Faculty: Oliver de la Paz in Poetry, Rebecca McClanahan in Creative Nonfiction, and Brad Watson in Fiction.     

    Summer 2015 information coming in January 2015.   

    St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota

    St. Olaf College rests on a beautiful 345-acre campus. Adjacent to the main campus are 700 acres of land, including woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and farmlands. A walk around campus could take you from Norway Valley through dense woods, across open prairie to the shore of a small wetland. It is a setting conducive to reflection, writing, and simple appreciation of the campus’ natural beauty. Northfield is less than an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities, so that students wishing to commute may do so. Dining in St. Olaf’s impressive student center is provided by Bon Appetit. www.stolaf.edu   

      st olaf praries

    Explore St. Olaf's prairies, woodlands, wetlands, and trails.
    (Photo via www.stolaf.edu)

    Visiting Northfield: http://www.visitingnorthfield.com  


    Mornings free for writing, hiking, etc.
    Afternoon workshop sessions, 1-4.
    Faculty reading on Tuesday evening;
    Student reading on Thursday or Friday. 

    Registration will open in February 2015.

    Students can register for 2 credits or for zero credit, as well as on-campus or commuter pricing options.
    Full tuition & fee information  

    CWP Confidentiality Agreement &
    Workshop Basics & Etiquette Guidelines

    Note to community members (non-Hamline students): While the Summer Writing Workshop is open to community members who have completed a BA, students accepted into the course are expected to have experience in creative writing and a strong foundation in the elements of the craft. The workshop is a graduate-level course and students should be able to discuss readings and fellow students' work at that level; the workshop is not an introductory level course designed to teach the basics.

  • Visiting Faculty Archive:

    Wells Tower
    Marilyn Nelson
    Emma Bull
    Toi Dericotte
    Lia Purpura
    Nami Mun
    Bob Hicok 
    Benjamin Percy
    Mary Ruefle
    Ira Sukrungruang
    Wells Tower
    Patricia Smith
    Scott Russell Sanders
    Jean Valentine
    Matthew Dickman
    Michael Dickman
    June Spence
    Susanne Antonetta
    Jo Ann Beard
    Robin Hemley
    Michael Martone
    Junot Diaz
    Brenda Miller
    Catherine Bowman
    Josip Novakovich
    Marsha Chall
    G.E. Patterson
    Judith Ortiz Cofer
    Sandra Benitez